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Old 01-28-2004, 02:51 PM
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Worn spindle?

I am rebuilding the front end of my 72 SL After taking the rotors off I found a grove in the spindle that I can catch a nail on. Time to replace?
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Old 01-28-2004, 02:56 PM
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Which direction is the groove? Transverse? Some axle spindles have a groove to retain grease, but I don't know if 72 sl's (or any MB's) do. I'm not sure how it would get grooved, though.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:01 PM
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If the bearing race fits firmly without wobble, I wouldn't worry about it. The only surface of the spindle that is important are the two bearing race supports.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:02 PM
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It is transverse, not scratched or galled very smooth about and inch wide, depth is even the entire way around.
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:03 PM
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Thanks Steve
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Old 01-28-2004, 03:16 PM
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Sounds like it is supposed to be there to me. Steve is right (not that any doubt would exist) and his reason is why I wondered how it would get that way on it's own.
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Old 01-28-2004, 08:21 PM
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A little follow up on Steve's explanation and this is just general bearing information for people that may not know. If you do not have a good bearing fit (or you lose oil flow to a bearing) there is a chance that the bearing can actually spin on the shaft that it is fitted on. This will destroy a bearing and shaft in very short order. In industrial type applications the bearing is the cheap part to repair. I have seen it a couple/few times over the course of my career.
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